Adolf Hitler is infamous today as a war criminal - arguably one of the worst war criminals in history. Yet during the 1930's he was loved by millions of Germans. How was this possible? In this fascinating series, award-winning historian and documentary maker Laurence Rees examines the background to Hitler's 'charismatic' rule'. Adolf Hitler was an unlikely leader-fuelled by hate, incapable of forming normal human relationships, unable to engage in political debate, and yet he earned the adulation of millions. With diary and eye-witness testimonials, archive and specially-shot footage, this ambitious series examines Hitler's manipulation of existing beliefs in Germany; his relationship with the people he led, and the way in which his leadership functioned. Featuring the testimony of former Nazis, many of whom dealt personally with Hitler as well as ordinary Germans, this series reveals why he was helped to power by the country's elite, how he became an almost god-like figure to so many people and how he tried to retain power even in adversity.